Allison Blood

ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOX) – With one week until the filing deadline for the St. Louis County Executive race, some Monarch firemen and paramedics say they’ve got a lot of concerns about Jane Cunningham running.

Cunningham is the Monarch Fire Board Director. She has publically considered running for the office, but she’s still on the fence.

Local 2665 staff representative Andrew Shoop says if she does decide to run, the people of St. Louis County should know that the fire protection district is a quarter of a million dollars in debt—and he says it’s mostly Cunningham’s fault.

“There’s a complete mismanagement in legal fees to the ring of in between $230,000 and $250,000,” he says.

He says Cunningham and co-director Robin Harris spent $200,000 on a lawyer and spent $200,000 on indemity insurance.

Cunningham says the fire district’s debt is a result of decreasing revenues, and lots of local districts are also in debt.

“With the revenue down all over the county, Monarch is in the same situation as other political subdivisions,” she says.

She also says she’s not abandoning Monarch.

“It stays my top priority no matter what, and I will not leave Monarch for anything else,” she says. “I can do both.”

But Shoop questions whether it’s legal for Cunningham to do both.

She has until March 25 to file.

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